Chapter Update

Monday, September 16

2013 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Awards

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Chapter Manager, Membership and Communication

Congratulations to this year’s 2013 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Award winners! This year’s awardees were selected from the pool of nominees received for the chapter district awards (View district award winners here). The individuals below were selected by the chapter awards committee as people whose work in their professional and personal life have worked to uphold basic tenets of the social work profession—giving voice to those who are without voices. An awards ceremony will be held later this fall to honor this year’s statewide award winners. This year's statewide awards will be presented during the 2013 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Conference taking place on Monday, October 28, 2013, at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL. For more information about the event, visit the conference website: Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Public Citizen of the Year: Patricia Polk (Calumet District)





Social Worker of the Year: Ellen J. Benjamin, PhD (Chicago District) 

Ellen J. Benjamin (PhD, The University of Chicago; MSW, The University of Michigan) is associate professor emerita at DePaul University after serving as a full-time faculty member in The School for New Learning for eighteen years. For more than thirty-five years she has been involved in advocacy work on social causes, having served as an employee, co-founder, and trustee of nonprofit organizations such as The American Friends Service Committee, Planned Parenthood, and The Midwest Women's Center. She has also directed two philanthropic institutions within Chicago: the Borg-Warner Foundation and The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Dan Rosenfeld (Chicago District) 

Dan Rosenfeld served as chair of the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) Ethics Committee as well as on the NASW Illinois Chapter Committee on Inquiry. He has given numerous presentations to professional audiences about ethics and clinical practice. In 1996, he contributed a chapter on ethics and managed care to the Legal Handbook of the Illinois Society of Clinical Social Work. Dan has developed and taught classes on ethics and clinical practice at the Institute for Clinical Social Work and at the Institute for Psychoanalysis Child Therapy Training Program.


Emerging Leader Award: Mary Gollings, MSW, LCSW (Chicago District) 

Mary Gollings (MSW, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LCSW) is social worker at the North Chicago VA Medical Center in North Chicago, IL. She has served on the Social Work Practice Committee and the Continuing Education Committee at the North Chicago VA Medical Center and currently serves as the NASW Illinois Chapter Member At-Large.

Posted on 09/16/13 at 12:26 PM


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